Malacañang: Dismissal of Carandang was the 'right penalty'

Malacañang: Dismissal of Carandang was the 'right penalty'

Deputy Overall Ombudsman Melchor Carandang is not worthy to be part of the Office of the Ombudsman.

Malacañang defended the decision of the Office of the President to dismissed Carandang for graft and corrupt practices and betrayal of public trust.

It might be noted that last year, at the height of rumors calling for the ouster of President Duterte over alleged billions in his bank account- it was found out that it was Carandang who is one seeking the destruction of the President and his family.
Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Carandang and his erstwhile boss newly retired Conchita Morales (photo credit to Manila Times)

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed the dismissal order, more than 10 months after Carandang  alleged the President and his family of ill-gotten wealth.

“Wherefore, premises considered, this Office hereby finds respondent Melchor Arthur H. Carandang, Overall Deputy Ombudsman of the Office of the Ombudsman, liable for graft and corruption, and betrayal of public trust and meted the penalty of dismissal from the service with all the necessary penalties,” the dismissal order stated.

The Executive Secretary explains that Carandang was found liable “under Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019, which penalizes the act of giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantages or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross negligence”.

He said the Carandang also violated Section 7 of RA 6713 “on disclosure and/or misuse of confidential information” in order to give undue advantage to opposition and Duterte’s critic  opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

“These transgressions of respondent Carandang constitute graft and corruption as well as betrayal of public trust which gravely affect his fitness to remain in public office,” stated in Medialdea’s dismissal order.

It was the right penalty


Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in an interview with Radyo Pilipinas said  “I think the dismissal was the right penalty.”

Roque, explains that Carandang was given due process to answer the administrative complaints filed against him for alleging that the President and his family have accumulated ill gotten wealth.

“What he did was very clear. He revealed a fake report, (a report) which the Anti-Money Laundering has claimed was not true,” Roque said.

“He revealed it to the public even as the law provides that the investigation of Anti-Money Laundering should be confidential,” he added.

Roque a lawyer said Carandang had clearly used his position to destroy the name of the President by using fake report.

“It is only proper to slap him with this right punishment,” Spox Roque said.


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